SANTA FE, N.M. — Former Santa Fe County Manager Roman “Tiger” Abeyta has announced his candidacy for mayor of the city of Santa Fe.
Abeyta has been the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club since 2011. He previously spent 19 years in county government, working his way up to county manager in 2006. Abeyta resigned from the county manager position in 2010.
The timing coincided with an ongoing investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in county road contracts, but Abeyta said at the time the matter had nothing to do with his leaving. Two county employees and county contractor Advantage Asphalt and Seal Coating and its principals were later indicted, but the case hasn’t yet gone to trial.
Here’s a press release distributed by Abeyta this afternoon:
After receiving overwhelming and enthusiastic support from concerned voters and citizens of Santa Fe I announce my candidacy to be Santa Fe’s next mayor.
This race is about the people of Santa Fe. There are major issues facing the city. This race is about the direction and management of Santa Fe. I have a strong proven management background and the skills a Mayor needs to guide Santa Fe’s future. I care about Santa Fe and this is the time for me to step up and lend my management experience to move Santa Fe forward.
I announce my candidacy for mayor not with a party or press conference to feed egos but so I can get to work on winning this race to lead Santa Fe into a new chapter. This is not the time for parties and egos; this is the time to provide the management skills the office of Mayor demands.
I welcome the input of all the citizens of Santa Fe from whom I draw my strength and support. Anyone wishing to contact me, learn more about me or where I stand and what my vision for is Santa Fe should visit my campaign web-site at www.RomanAbeyta.com.